Countdown Timers

An indispensable training tool is the countdown timer. This allows everyone in the class (esp. us!) to be fully aware of time remaining before/ between sessions and on breaks.  You run the countdown timer on your computer and the countdown is projected onto the screen for all to see.  Here are a few I have used:

Online — must have live internet connection:

Mac only —
Minuteur 3 (free) or 5 (paid):

Windows only —
BlingClock (30-day free trial, $20 after):
TimeLeft (free but you can’t make timer fullscreen): 

Presentation Remotes

Deciding which presentation remote to buy depends on what you want it to do.  Remotes can be equipped with impressive features, such as a countdown timer on the remote itself, the ability to be used as a mouse or remote control, and even a palm-sized keyboard for on-the-fly typing during a presentation.

I like my remotes simple and nice to hold.  All I need the remote to do are go to the next slide, go to the previous slide, blank the screen, and maybe point at something on the projection screen.  There is one button on my remote for each of these functions, and that’s it!  Add more buttons and I’ll push the wrong one at the wrong time.

I’ve had my Kensington remote for the last 8 years and it has performed like a champ.  It includes a little wireless receiver that plugs into a computer’s standard USB port so the remote works, and when you’re done using the remote the receiver tucks right into the remote itself for storage.  The most recent version of this remote is the Kensington 33374 Wireless Presenter with Laser Pointer, currently retailing at for $42.45.  

A promising upgrade to this is the Kensington Wireless Presenter with Laser Pointer and 1 GB Built-In Memory, so you can store your presentations right on the wireless receiver!  Also available on Amazon, currently retailing for $58.36.

What presentation remote do you use?  How is it working for you?  Write a post and tell us a little about it.